Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pull Up, Pull UP

Not a good day in the neighborhood. I got 1.7 miles into an easy recovery run, keeping my HR under 120 like a good boy, when my right hamstring tightened up. The problem isn’t actually in the hamstring, but rather in the muscle just above the knee towards the inside of the right leg. The same muscle tightened up last week, but responded well when I shortened my stride and didn’t repeat the next day. This morning, it not only tightened up early in the run, but the level of discomfort increased into the painful region. I pulled up and walked home. 15 minutes of icing took care of the pain problem, but I missed out on most of my morning run.

Wife update: On a happier note, my wife is feeling much better as her toe starts to heal. She can’t stand for long periods of time and her orthopedic doctor doesn’t want her exercising on the foot for an another week, but at least she isn’t in constant pain any longer. Thanks again for all your kind comments.

This week's Training:

Mon - Rest Day
Tue - 8.1 miles, easy w/ 10x100m strides, 8:58/mi
Wed - 1.7 miles, recovery, 9:55/mi


Anonymous said...

ouch! Hope your leg gets better. I am proud of you for listening to your body and stopping when you needed to.
Glad to hear your wife's toe is healing and the pain is decreasing.

Mike said...

Is it possible the strides are screwing with that muscle? Check the latest Pfitz column in Running Times, where he talks about the value of strides for increasing turnover. He has a great description on how to do them. I like his idea of concentrating more on picking your feet up behind you sooner, which leads to a higher cadence. But surprise, surprise, this move really engages your hamstring and those tendons behind the knee.

You might back off the strides for a week and see if this subsides on its own. On a side note, I'm glad to hear your wife is improving.

D said...

Sometimes the smartest thing to do is bag the run and take care of the body. Good news on your wife.

Runningdoctor said...

Pes anserinus syndrome comes to mind. You've been overdoing it, my friend, but of course you already knew that.

RICE and Ibuprofen 600 mg every 6-8 hours for a few days. Give it a few days rest.

Oh, and I agree with Mike. Messing with form is a setup for injury.


DawnB said...

Sorry to hear you had a bad one today Phil. Let us hope what you did took care of it for tomorrow

Anonymous said...

RICE - and cross your fingers. Hope you are feeling better soon! Will be interesting to hear your thoughts about the stride from Mike's comment.

Good to hear your wife is improving. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

Hilda said...

It should had been a bad pain, sorry to hear that. Hope you find the origen of this soon.

Yes, at least she is not in constant pain any longer.

Feminist Runner said...

Sorry to hear about the pain, Phil! Take care!

Jim said...

I agree with everyone else . . . it is good when you listen to your body. I know that it is almost as tough as listening to the wife (just joking!) but something that must be done. Bad runs come along every now and then. You know that. It is God's way of letting us be grateful for the good runs and good health. Focus on the good ones!

Good news on your wife. Wishing her well and quick recovery.